The letter that arrived from Sam’s mother was postmarked Santa Fe, penned in her mother’s handwriting, and disclosed details only Johanna Adams could know. There was just one catch: Johanna Adams had been dead for thirty-four years. The mind-blowing missive could have been an entry from Sam’s latest book of bizarre anecdotes, American Weird—or an elaborate hoax.
Crime reporter Samantha Adams is working on a book called American Weird when her boyfriend, Harry Zack, persuades her to join him at a barbecue cookoff in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Also driving toward Tupelo is Mary Ann McClanahan, who more or less killed her worthless third husband, Carlin. She's discovered Carlin was already married to a woman in Tupelo who'll collect his life insurance...
It’s Mardi Gras, and ace crime reporter Sam Adams has flown to New Orleans to visit her old college roomie Kitty whose debutante niece is about to be crowned queen of Comus. At the airport Sam first glimpses Harry Zack, a songwriter turned insurance investigator, who’s way too cute. When death stalks St. Charles Avenue in the wake of Comus’s ball, Sam and Harry’s paths collide.
When Randolph Percy, a silver-tongued charmer with manners to burn, comes sniffing around Felicity Morris, a wealthy fading flower of Atlanta’s elite, Samantha Adams, reporter for the Journal-Constitution, rides to the rescue of her old family friend. On the other side of town, young debs are playing a dangerous game stripping, and more, for thrills and pocket change. There’s dirt here aplenty...
Amateur sleuth Samantha Adams journeys to the unlikely place of Hot Springs, Arkansas, partly to celebrate with an old friend who just won the lottery, and partly to recover from being jilted by her boyfriend. But a kidnapping with a million-dollar ransom demand diverts Sam's attentions straight into the arms of a killer.
The fourth suspenseful mystery starring ace crime reporter Sam Adams--from the author of First Kill All the Lawyers.
Sam has just turned 40, and the last thing she wants to do is cover the Miss America Pageant. But in Atlantic City Sam discovers what's beautiful and what's deadly when an obnoxious pageant judge mysteriously disappears.
Annie and her best friend Samantha—who looks as if she belongs on the cover of Vogue—love to commiserate over lunch, over dinner, over a forbidden dessert in the city’s trendy watering holes. But Samantha is hot on the trail of a very different kind of man as well. As the leading crime reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, she is following the gruesome path of a sadistic rapist and murderer.
What’s a nice Southern Jewish girl like Emma Fine doing married to an angry but beautiful and incredibly sexy black artist like Jesse Tree?
Emma Tree’s marriage is falling apart. Jesse’s obsession with Skytop, the old inn he’s renovating, pulls him further away from her, and the distance forces Emma into some uneasy questions about their relationship and about herself.
“Yes, ma’am,” “No, ma’am,” elbows off the table, and thank you notes, all examples of the good manners that Southern mothers drill into their young. But the characters in these mostly Southern stories by Sarah Shankman know the deeper meaning of the term.
Good manners are words and actions that put others at ease; bad manners don’t. And bad manners, like bad children, must be punished.
Home again in Atlanta after years on the Left Coast, crime reporter Samantha Adams finds that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Beau, the boy who broke her heart eons earlier, is more handsome than ever and is now the Medical Examiner. Sam finds herself deep in the kudzu once more when a lawyer, a family acquaintance, goes missing, then turns up dead.